Chapter 16 of the Exportation of Fluid Act of 1907 provides for licenses to export power and unless this company is prohibited from exporting its power it has the right to apply for a license to the Governor in Council under the Act of 1907, and if there is no good reason why it should not get a license it will doubtless get one. There is no attempt made to say that this company shall be prohibited from exporting this power, and if it applies for a license no doubt it will be given the right to export its surplus. Let me point out the unwisdom of allowing our power to be exported. Let me refer to the condition that existed at Niagara Falls many years ago, a condition of affairs that we are now repeating on the St. Lawrence river. The International Waterways Commission found that they had developed power on the American side largely in excess of their right according to the flow of water, but having regard to the establishment of industries and vested rights they divided the power over the whole river by giving to Canada some 36,000 horse-power, and giving about 20,000 horse-power to the American side, whereas, if it had been dealt with on a proper basis, the American side would not have been entitled to more than one-sixth of the total power that could be developed as less than one-sixth of the water flowed over the American side. What has happened there will happen here, and history will repeat itself. You will have the water and power diverted to the American side, or you will have the power exported to the American side, and the Americans will get a great deal more than they are entitled to. Ultimately when the question comes up to be dealt with as an international question our rights will be sacrificed, and we will get the small end of the horn, and not what we are entitled to. It is claimed that we are obstructing because we are going on record as being in favour of protecting the interests of the people as against this
corporation which is seeking to be incorporated at the public expense for its own private interest and advantage. The Minister of Agriculture has made the startling statement that this House has a perfect right to incorporate a company, and give that company the right to expropriate the domain of any province. He justifies that by saying that the company may have to run across the bed of some provincial stream, and they should have the right to expropriate there. Does that justify the sweeping power given to this company to expropriate the public domain of Ontario throughout nine counties along the St. Lawrence from Kingston to Montreal? Ii the Bill is only intended to give the right to expropriate the river bed here and there whv not say so?